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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky -- A passionate, intense love affair between two fascinating creative giants, Coco Chanel, a fashion icon, and Igor Stravinsky, one of the most influential composers of the century.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky -- Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel Coco's radical ideas. She wants to democratize women's fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste.


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Anna Mouglalis ... Coco Chanel

Mads Mikkelsen ... Igor Stravinsky

Elena Morozova ... Katarina Stravinskaya

Natacha Lindinger ... Misia Sert
Grigori Manoukov ... Sergey Diagilev

Radivoje Bukvic ... Grand Duke Dimitri (as Rasha Bukvic)
Nicolas Vaude ... Ernest Beaux

Anatole Taubman ... Arthur 'Boy' Capel
Erick Desmarestz ... Le médecin (as Eric Desmarestz)
Clara Guelblum ... Milena Stravinskaya
Maxime Daniélou ... Teodor Stravinsky
Sophie Hasson ... Ludmila Stravinskaya
Nikita Ponomarenko ... Sulima Stravinskaya
Catherine Davenier ... Marie
Olivier Claverie ... Joseph
Marek Kossakowski ... Vaslav Nijinsky
Jérôme Pillement ... Pierre Monteux, le chef d'orchestre
Anton Yakovlev ... Anton
Irina Vavilova ... La gouvernante
Julie Farenc ... Julie - la vendeuse (as Julie Farenc Deramond)
Emy Lévy ... Fille atelier
Sarah Jérôme ... Fille atelier
Tina Sportolaro ... Secrétaire Beaux
Michel Ruhl ... Le baron
Pierre Chydivar ... Musicien russe
Agnès Vikouloff ... Musicienne russe
Sacha Vikouloff ... Musicien russe
Jean-David Baschung ... Le médecin
François Chomicki ... Florent Schmidt
Marek Tomaszewski ... Le pianiste
Cyril Accorsi ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
David Tomaszewski ... Le premier violon
Matthieu Bajolet ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Caroline Baudouin ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Laura Biasse ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Barbara Caillieu ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Marie-Laure Caradec ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Damien Dreux ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Sophie Gérard ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Patrick Harley ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Inès Hernandez ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Anne Laurent ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Thibaud Le Maguer ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Anne Lenglet ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Olivier Normand ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Florent Otello ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Edouard Pelleray ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Judith Perron ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Pascal Queneau ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Enora Rivere ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Julie Salgues ... Danseuse 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Jonathan Schatz ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Wu Zheng ... Danseur 'Le Sacre du printemps'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sarah Barlondo ... The Young Girl in Red (uncredited)
Pierre Glénat ... Barman (uncredited)
Aurélie Le Roc'h ... Mme Schmitt (uncredited)

Directed by
Jan Kounen 
Writing credits
Chris Greenhalgh (screenplay and dialogue)

Chris Greenhalgh (novel "Coco & Igor")

Carlo De Boutiny (adaptation) and
Jan Kounen (adaptation)

Produced by
Albina Boeckli .... associate producer
Chris Bolzli .... producer
Philippe Delest .... line producer
Kazutaka Kimori .... associate producer: Hexagon Pictures
Helen Olive .... assistant producer
Claudie Ossard .... producer
Yoichi Sakai .... associate producer: Hexagon Pictures
Veronika Zonabend .... co-producer
Original Music by
Gabriel Yared (original score music)
Cinematography by
David Ungaro (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anny Danché 
Casting by
Gigi Akoka 
Natalya Krimenskaya 
Production Design by
Marie-Hélène Sulmoni 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Cord'homme (set decoration)
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Laurent Bozzi .... lead hair stylist
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Valérie Chapelle .... makeup artist
Agathe Dupuis .... key hair stylist
Christophe Giraud .... makeup artist
Mathilde Humeau .... additional makeup artist
Nathalie Kovalski .... makeup artist
Hugues Lavau .... makeup artist
Karine Meyer .... hair stylist
Lydia Pujols .... makeup artist
Estelle Tolstoukine .... hair stylist
Production Management
Céline André .... assistant production manager
Pierre-Alexandre Cascarino .... assistant unit manager
Alexandra Cherbonnel .... assistant location manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Johann Jolivet .... set production manager
Antoine Rabaté .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Pierre Sachs .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Delany .... first assistant director
Franck Giraud .... second assistant director
Estelle Gérard .... crowd assistant director
Art Department
Claire Amoureux-Nicole .... first assistant art director
Bernard Bridon .... property master
Philippe Cord'homme .... set dresser
Sévérine Guilbaud .... props
Marie Heyndrickx .... graphic designer
Nadine Hibon .... assistant art director
Maud Hubert .... assistant art director
Kathy Lebrun .... set dresser
Samir Moundy .... assistant property master
Samir Moundy .... swing gang
Christian Vallat .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... foley recordist
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Yohanan Braunschvig .... additional foley
Matthieu Fichet .... assistant sound editor
Isabelle Manquillet .... dialogue editor
Marc Mnémosyne .... sound mix technician
Avril Noviant .... boom operator
Loïc Prian .... sound editor
Raphael Sohier .... sound editor
Vincent Tulli .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Rodolphe Chabrier .... visual effects
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... Flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne Paris
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Romain Leclerc .... Flame artist
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist
Peregrine McCafferty .... matchmove artist
Benoit Philippon .... visual effects supervisor
Marion Roger .... senior digital compositor
Stephanie Saillard .... digital compositor: Mac Guff
Antonin Seydoux .... visual effects supervisor
Virginie Arnaud .... stunt performer
Alain Barbier .... stunt performer
Sylvain Gabet .... stunt performer
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Christophe Allain .... additional assistant camera
Cécile Arthuis .... additional second assistant camera
Joan Bansillon .... grip
Xavier Bompard .... video assist
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
Julien Cottret .... additional grip
Mostefa Djebbari .... electrician
Stéphane Duchemin .... grip
Renaud Fidon .... grip
Julien Pamart .... second assistant camera
Mathieu Ungaro .... key grip
Casting Department
Aurélie Assié Lécroart .... extras casting assistant (as Aurélie Lécroart)
Estelle Chauvin .... extras casting assistant
Brigitte Fourcade .... casting
Dany Héricourt .... casting assistant
Mathilde Kraemer .... extras casting assistant
Yasmina Pastural .... assistant casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chloe Bartonio .... set costumer
Sandrine Bernard .... costume supervisor
Agnès Beziers .... wardrobe
Caroline de Tugny .... patina & tint
Ferenc Fulmer .... costumer
Morgane Lambert .... additional wardrobe
Sandrine Langen .... set costumer
Marion Morice .... assistant costume designer
Sylvie Ong .... costume supervisor
Aurélie Rogemond .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Denis Bedlow .... first assistant editor
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Xavier Desjours .... dailies color grader
Charlotte Lamy Le Loet .... color timer
Fabien Pascal .... colorist
Julien Malaury .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquié .... music supervisor (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
Jeff Atmajian .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Philippe Bourorga .... additionnal music manager
Peter Cobbin .... score engineer
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Lewis Morison .... synthesizer programmer
Jen Moss .... music supervisor
Marie Sabbah .... music supervisor
Marek Tomaszewski .... composer: additional music
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Dominique Brun .... choreographer: recreation of the "The Rite of Spring" from original choreography by Vaslav Nijinski
Francine Cathelain .... script supervisor
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Virginie Cheval .... assistant script supervisor
Aurore Coppa .... assistant location manager: Grasse
Kim Courcelle .... assistant accountant
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... production accountant
Auriane Lacince .... assistant script supervisor
Nicolas Piechaczek .... location manager
Jeremy Pronier .... production assistant
Christel Rasquin .... location manager - Grasse
Patrick Ronchin .... travelling car
David Tomaszewski .... title designer
Romain Tuilier .... assistant: director
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Coco & Igor" - France (working title), International (English title) (short title)
"Chanel & Stravinsky" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for some strong sexuality and nudity
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:15A | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited for DVD) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45603)

Did You Know?

Both Chanel and its then chief designer Karl Lagerfeld lent their support to the film, allowing the production access to the company archives and to Coco Chanel's apartment at 31, rue Cambon, Paris.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The chess board on which Stravinsky and his son are playing is set up incorrectly. Any chess playing Russian would know that the light colored chessboard square should be on the lower right.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Hannibal: Oeuf (#1.4)" (2013)See more »
Symphonies of Wind Instruments (rev 1947)See more »


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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Modernity and muted passion, 9 August 2010
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

To say a film is strikingly subtle may sound somewhat counterintuitive, yet director Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky abounds with such precarious artistic contradictions and exploits them with impressive ease. In fact, it seems hardly accidental that Kounen's chosen tone and aesthetic are not far removed from those of Chanel herself: serene, impeccably beautiful, yet with more than a dash of icy aloofness, with a creeping pace and lengthy silent interludes often occupied by nothing more than characters staring with vaguely furrowed brows. Yet in many ways such stillness and silence serve to articulate volumes about the titular characters, the ambiguity of such an approach allowing the viewer to 'fill in the gaps' and piece together the mystery of the characters in the same way they are prompted to envision almost all narrative context.

Kounen's film could hardly be less typical as a biopic in the sense that it eschews any exposition whatsoever, forcing the viewer to independently pursue the cause for Stravinsky's banishment from Russia, Gabrielle Chanel's establishment as an independent fashion designer or the significance of almost every other character in the film – a risky touch which ultimately proves beneficial, adding a more interactive element to the narrative and ultimately trimming all extraneous content to instead dwell on the central emotional arc. Apart from an arresting and mesmerizing 15 minute opening performance of Stravinsky's abrasively modern 'Rite of Spring' ballet and the audience's subsequent cataclysmic uproar, Coco & Igor proves aptly titled, its scope boldly remains one of proximity and intimacy throughout. Concentrating on the passionate affair between the two creative icons, their mutual inspiration and the eventual unravelling of both, Kounen leaves exterior concerns such as the mutual cultural significance of both central characters largely left to the audience to supply, apart from precisely placed thematic nuggets (when Chanel, in a dispute with Stravinsky, articulates her having more money and fame than Stravinsky, the composer spits back "You are not an artist Coco – you are 'une vendeuse de tissues'" – a line whose English translation as 'shopkeep' loses an enormous amount of its acidic contempt).

That said, for a film that skims to the bare essentials of story, Kounen's editing could hardly demonstrate a more contrary knack for distilling. With cameras consistently gliding slowly across empty halls, up winding stairwells or past brooding characters, the film's hypnotic slowness and cloistered atmosphere is executed with a largely elegant flair, but with a pace so sluggish it threatens to become still photography on numerous occasions, such an approach feels undeniably excessive and unnecessarily restrained (the film's ending scenes, in particular, are agonizingly slow). Although Kounen's brilliant use of the staggeringly beautiful and concussively powerful music by Stravinsky helps inspire the film with passion and the few yet extensive sex scenes do breathe some well needed fire and rawness into the film, there does remain a sense of corseted formality throughout which detracts from the film's engagement factor, capturing the stiffness of a traditional biography in lieu of its inundation of facts.

It is a taxing job indeed to retain audience interest through two largely unlikeable, albeit respectable, characters whose emotions are largely glimpsed in traces of the utmost subtlety under grimly stoic exteriors, yet Anna Mougalis and Mads Mikkelsen prove easily up to the task as Chanel and Stravinsky. Both tremendously capable performers manage to convey so much through a frown, a stare, a wintry smile, that even their character development being reduced to vaguely disconnected actions (Stravinsky's starting the day with a grim routine of push-ups and drinking egg yolks, lying in leafy fields or slowing sinking into a bathtub; Chanel's energetically cutting open corsets, imperiously appraising her workers' nails or secretly, contemptuously donating to Stravinky's 'Rite of Spring' "for myself") seems to betray volumes of inner demons. Similarly, Yelena Morozova delivers an equally remarkable performance as Stravinsky's ill, haunted wife Katarina, her silently accusatory presence constantly looming to the forefront and serving as a constant reminder of the off centre moral core of the affair and wounded protagonists.

Mesmerizing, daringly sparse and elegant to a tee, Coco & Igor channels the poise and essence of a Chanel concoction at the cost of lacking somewhat of the innovative fury of a Stravinsky effort. While hardly the most informative in regards to the factual history of either character, Kounen's film proves more telling of the pain and passion of either figure than any factual account could be, ultimately proving a serenely audacious and ambiguously compelling success in the vein of either subject.


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